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Haynes on YouTube: free Mk2 Ford Focus videos added to our channel

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Ford Focus owners: Haynes is here to help you maintain your car. Want to change the engine oil or replace the starter motor? Perhaps you've just bought your Focus and are wondering how to open the bonnet and check the fluid levels?

Haynes’ 2005-2011 Ford Focus diesel YouTube playlist can show you how to carry out all of these tasks and more, such as changing your Mk2 Focus's battery, fitting a new alternator, renewing the thermostat… and more.

Haynes shows you how to service and maintain your diesel Focus

Haynes has just added 12 videos to our YouTube channel that show you, step by step, how to carry out popular jobs on your Ford Focus Mark 2.

Our YouTube playlist shows you:

  • How to replace the air filter
  • How to fit an alternator
  • How to change a wheel
  • How to fit new wiper blades
  • How to fit a new battery
  • How to check the fluid levels (shown below)
  • How to change the engine oil and fit a new filter 
  • How to renew the headlight bulbs
  • How to replace the thermostat
  • How to change the rear light bulbs
  • How to fit a new auxiliary drivebelt
  • How to change the starter motor

The videos are designed to complement our print and online manuals for the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Ford Focus with the 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines. The manuals do not cover CVT, Powershift or automatic transmission. Does NOT cover features specific to C-Max or CC (Convertible) models.

A Haynes Online Manual gives you all the trusted content of a printed manual, with additional features to help you get the job done. Take your entire manual with you on every journey.

We also have a separate manual dedicated to the Mk2 Ford Focus with petrol engines. Find it here

Ford Focus Haynes manual

Key online manual features:

  • Keep your purchase forever
  • All colour step-by-step guides for over 200 jobs with 700+ photos
  • Image zoom feature for close-up view of jobs
  • Brand-new “how to” video tutorials covering key repair tasks
  • Print complete sections to take with you into the workshop
  • Troubleshooting section – quickly find the cause of a problem
  • Colour wiring diagrams help track problems quickly and easily
  • Easy search feature – find your job fast
  • Dictionary of automotive terms
  • Quick links to popular DIY tasks and other jobs linked to your task
  • Conversion calculator – imperial and metric units


Here’s the Focus ‘Checking the fluid levels’ video from YouTube:

Click here to see the full playlist

Buyer’s guide: the Ford Focus story

The original Focus was introduced to the UK in 1998. It was hailed as being innovative and stylish with excellent road-holding. The new range of Mk2 Focus covered by this manual shares the attributes of its ancestor, but with improved refinement and performance, coupled with lower emissions. This new Focus shares a platform with other models from Ford’s stable of the time, most noticeably the Volvo S40 and V50 range. 

Initially available as a hatchback or Estate, the Focus range was expanded later by the addition of a 4-door Saloon model. Safety features include door side impact bars, airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger, side airbags, head airbags, whiplash protection system (front seats) and an advanced seat belt system with pretensioners and load limiters. Vehicle security is enhanced, with an engine immobiliser, shielded locks, and security-coded audio equipment being fitted as standard, as well as double-locking doors on most models. 

Three sizes of diesel engine are available, with the 1.6 and 2.0-litre models being shared by Citroën and Peugeot – a result of joint projects between Ford and PSA (Citroën/Peugeot’s parent company), whilst the 1.8-litre unit is of Ford’s own design, and is carried over from the previous Focus model.

All of the Mk2 Focus engines covered in this manual are four-cylinder turbodiesel units, and the 1.6 and 2.0-litre units are a 16-valve DOHC design. They incorporate the latest design of direct injection common rail fuel system, with a variable geometry turbocharger, intercooler, catalytic converter and exhaust particulate filter (certain markets only). 

The transversely mounted engines drive the front wheels through either a five- or six-speed manual transmission with a hydraulically operated clutch. 

The fully independent suspension is by MacPherson struts and transverse lower arms at the front, with multilink independent suspension at the rear; anti-roll bars are fitted at front and rear. 

The vacuum servo-assisted brakes are disc at the front, and either disc or drum at the rear. An electronically controlled Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is fitted on all models, with Dynamic Stability and Traction Control System (DSTC) also available. 

Electric power-assisted steering is standard on all models. Air conditioning is available, and all models have an ergonomically designed passenger cabin with high levels of safety and comfort for all passengers.